We are now two months away from the 2022 World Cup kicking off in Qatar with no sign of how our beloved Vatreni will suit up. There have been plenty of leaked photos the past few months but it looks like the above picture is the correct one; and I couldn’t be more disappointed! If these are in fact the Croatian kits for Qatar, I couldn’t give the designers at Nike a bigger eye roll. I think we can all agree that more or less, we’re happy every other summer with our staple red-and-white checker design. It’s been Croatia’s signature for the home kit since 1996. Everyone in the world knows what it is from 100 yards away and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet, Nike managed to break a design that didn’t need tinkering. Why are there missing checkers? Why?
And the proposed away kit looks like a pre-game training top at best. I absolutely loved the 2018 all-black away kit with navy blue checkers and would have liked to see another iteration of that. Instead, we’re going to get some bright sky blue checkers over one shoulder. Meh.
The new kits will officially be unveiled in 10 days when the Vatreni wrap up their UEFA Nations League group stage campaign versus Austria and Denmark. I hope these aren’t the kits but all signs in the Twitterverse point to YES.
I would have much rather seen something like the above proposed leaked kits. The home kit is fully checkered. Strong. With a little bit of blue outline on the sleeves. That’ll do.
The away kit looks to be two different shades of dark blue across the entire shirt. I would have been really happy with something like this and would have bought it right away. Instead, it looks like we’re getting a bird taking a checkered shit on your left shoulder.